Jeff Pollizzotto has entered his scratch-built Star Trek Federation Work Shuttle in the Hobby Link International 2021 Model Of The Year Online Contest. Here is what Jeff had to say about his build.
Star Trek Federation Work Shuttle
Starting with a pencil sketch of the idea, the project was started in January of 2020.
Actual construction started in October of the same year and was just completed in April 2021.
Constructed entirely of various thickness of styrene sheet and acrylic tube with many details from other kits and Wave or Kotobukiya detail parts.
The boarding ladder was scratch-built around a Plastruct ladder part.
Lighting consists of engine lights, front and underside lights, blinking marker lights, and cockpit lights. LED’s were used throughout with fiber optics used on the various cockpit control panels.
The Dilithium container is lit with 3mm blue LED’s.
Tamiya paint was used extensively on the model with 90% of the decals drawn on the computer and printed on clear decal paper.
The weathering was done with Doc O’Brians weathering powders as well as Tamiya panel line paints.
The all-girl crew were 1/20 scale resin figures were purchased from Castlemodeldk.com.
They were assembled and painted with Tamiya paints.
The diorama base was constructed of MDF and poplar with Evergreen ribbed sheet making up the deck plates. The two pieces of ground equipment were also scratch-built but serve a purpose. The main 9-volt power is routed through the front piece of equipment and into the ship at the back and the on-off switch wires are routed through the split loom tube into the rear of the ship.
You will see some of the Easter eggs I built into the diorama as well. I love adding humor to my builds.